Rice 9 Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Mike Ojala threw a five-hitter for his first career complete game and Rice eliminated Louisiana from the NCAA Austin Regional on Sunday with a 9-1 victory. Ojala (6-2), who retired 12 straight batters at one point, struck out nine and gave up only one walk.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (38-22) had only three runners reach second base in the game, with Chad Keefer scoring their only run.
Texas 4 Louisiana 2
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Longhorns received another solid pitching performance as Cole Green and Chance Ruffin combined to scatter seven hits in a 4-2 win over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in NCAA Regional action at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday evening.
The victory gives Texas two chances to beat the winner of Sunday’s Louisiana-Rice game (1 p.m.). The Longhorns will play the Ragin’ Cajuns-Owls winner at 6:30 p.m. A win on Sunday night gives Texas the regional crown. A loss would set-up a winner-take-all rematch Monday at 1 p.m.
Here is your Austin Regional Day 1 Recap.
Texas 11 Rider 0
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Longhorns scored all 11 of their runs with two outs in an 11-0 win over the Rider Broncs in NCAA Austin Regional action at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Brandon Workman (12-1) pitched his second shutout of the season. He scattered six hits and three walks while striking out seven over nine innings. He allowed just two hits through the first seven innings. It marked the ninth shutout of the season for the Longhorns.
Anytime Texas and Rice get together, there are a few things that are guaranteed: 1. Great baseball. 2. Angry fans. 3. Great baseball.
Texas, the #2 national seed, picked up the regional hosting duties after posting a 46-11 record and winning the Big 12 Regular Season Championship by an amazing eight games before bowing out of the Big 12 Tournament with an 0-3 record. While most teams have a pitcher on their staff they designate as their ace, Texas has the advantage of boasting four such pitchers. Sophomore RHP Taylor Jungmann only managed to go 6-3 this season, but led the Texas starters with a 2.17 ERA, and struck out 113 batters over 104 innings. Junior RHP Cole Green was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. Green picked up his only loss in the conference tournament, finished with a 10-1 record and 2.64 ERA. Rounding out the starters, Junior RHP Brandon Workman picked up 11 wins versus only one loss. His 3.77 ERA was the largest on the entire pitching staff. If a team is lucky enough to get past the trio of starters, they still run into a brick wall with a great fastball and slider. Junior RHP Chance Ruffin because the first Longhorn player to record a 10-win season and a 10-save season in a career after he saved 13 games in his first year as the closer. Ruffin, son of Bruce, was named a finalist for NCBWA Stopper of the Year after striking out 89 over 58.1 innings and shrinking his ERA to 0.77.